Protesters in Pakistan have been marching and petitioning for answers regarding the enforced disappearances of their loved ones. They recently gathered in Karachi to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Many of these families have been searching for their missing relatives for years, enduring the pain and uncertainty of not knowing their fate. The protesters are demanding that the government try the accused in a court of law instead of kidnapping them and leaving families in agonizing limbo. The families face difficulties in navigating the legal and political system to find their loved ones, often ending up back where they started. They live in constant grief and fear, unsure if their missing relatives are alive or dead. The families feel that their whole lives have been destroyed, and they are left with no happiness. They demand justice and answers from the police and the courts, but find little support. Enforced disappearances are not currently criminalized in Pakistan, and the government has not signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Despite committees and acknowledgments of shortcomings, the families are still waiting for answers. They feel marginalized and denied their basic rights as citizens. Artists and activists show solidarity with the victims, but their voices often go unheard. The pain and anguish of these families is a national issue that requires urgent attention and action.
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